Texas Holdem Set-Up and Play

Texas Hold'em Poker is a community card game with four betting rounds.

Game Play

  1. One player acts as dealer. This position is called the button and it rotates clockwise after every hand.
  2. The two players to the left of the dealer are the small blind and the big blind, respectively. They are the only players who have money in the pot before the cards are dealt.
  3. Every player receives two cards face down. These are hole cards.
  4. The first betting round begins with the player sitting immediately to the left of the big blind, and continues clockwise.
  5. When the first betting round is completed, three community cards are flipped face up on the table. This is called the flop.
  6. The second round of betting begins with the first remaining player seated to the left of the button. The betting resumes, clockwise.
  7. When the second round of betting is finished, a fourth community card is flipped face up on the table. This is called the turn.
  8. The third round of betting commences with the first remaining player sitting to the left of the button. The betting moves clockwise, with the bets doubling on the turn.
  9. When the third round of betting is over, a fifth community card is flipped face up on the table. This is called the river.
  10. The fourth round of betting starts with the first remaining player seated to the left of the button. The betting continues to move clockwise.

How to make a hand

The players must combine their hole cards with the community cards to make the best possible 5-card poker hand. It is possible to use both hole cards, one hole card or no hole card (play the board), in an effort to make a hand.


Hole Cards A Hole Cards B


The Flop The Turn The River


Final hand A Final hand B

Two pair (Q's and 3's with a K)

Two pair (K's and 3's with an A)

Action begins


Action ends

Ranking of hands

  1. Straight flush (the best straight flush hand: A-K-Q-J-T, all of the same suit)
  2. Four-of-a-kind (the best four-of-a-kind hand: A-A-A-A-K)
  3. Full house (the best full house hand: A-A-A-K-K)
  4. Flush (the best flush hand: any Ace-high flush)
  5. Straight (the best straight hand: A-K-Q-J-T)
  6. Three-of-a-kind (the best three-of-a-kind hand: A-A-A-K-Q)
  7. Two-pair (the best two-pair hand: A-A-K-K-Q)
  8. One-pair (the best one-pair hand: A-A-K-Q-J)
  9. No-pair (the best high hand: A-K-Q-J-9)

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imagetech38 2012-10-23 07:42:48

i realize small blind is to the left of the button and big blind left of that... does that mean the small blind only antees half and the big blind antees for free

ray 2012-10-15 20:41:53

Seems rather simple

andi 2012-01-06 07:36:20

why iam can,t join to pokert

boogee 2011-06-09 18:45:30

Yea I caught my error I was talkin about Sue lol not Leslie :)

boogee 2011-06-09 18:43:03

It makes sense to me, could not make sense to the other person cause they said "wense" so they r confused just on spelling Texas Holdem would be to hard for leslie lmbo! Just wanted to have a giggle, ii can see it was a typo. This was good my brothers play it this way and I was wondering if it was right.. darn gamblers knew what they were talking about lol

sue 2011-03-06 06:07:22

None of this makes any wense to me at all. I'm pretty good at poker but Texes Hold Um is confusing me to know end.

srait,flush,your mom 2010-11-03 01:10:55

if you have gray instead of purple are they still worth the same or what are gray chips worth

alyssa 2010-06-15 06:18:11

what the flim flam i couldent play this game if my life depended on it :(

Sean Lind 2010-04-26 19:37:35


Poker hands are made up of five cards. If both players hold JJ as their hole cards, it will be a split pot (unless one player spikes a flush).

josue 2010-04-25 21:55:30

and what happened if both players has the same pair? example: JJ & JJ who wins?

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